Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ostara Potluck

I have a very eclectic group of people that I practice with. There is one very dominant fact however, and that is the Mommies out number us two to one. Choosing to be initiated under Brig was definitely an excellent choice. Being a part of a magick group in the middle of suburbia is definitely a lot of fun. It does however, also bring about some challenges.

We have some members where Paganism is a family practice, and some members whose partners do not practice. To me the group/ coven is about bringing together like minded and compassionate people who can all grow and support each other, while traveling their group and individual magickal pathes. So the fact that some of our members partners (mine included) do not practice means that there are people in their partners lives whom they would never meet. All the girls I practice with I consider friends and am proud to know. I would like my partner to know them as well.

Thus my idea of the Ostara potluck. I will continue to keep it an annual tradition where we have no formal ritual, Just a family celebration where all partners, family and children can attend. The focus will be very kid friendly. This year I printed out coloring books for some of the older kids about Ostara. Most of our groups children are very young and so activities are limited for now. But I feel it its importnant to include families now and then so they can understand who their partner practices with and feel in some small way part of the group.

This years potluck was a hit!! There were babies everywhere. LOL The weather even cooperated and allowed us to sit and visit outside on the patio. It was nice meeting some new faces and spending time allowing people to "mingle." Future events were discussed, both kid friendly and not. I was very excited when the Mom's started offering up aromatherapy advice to one another to help soothe fussy babies. Not being a mother myself I find it interesting that I am HPS of a group almost exclusively moms. My Best friend and fellow HPS is not surprised at all. I think the fact I don't have children but LOTS of experience with them allows me the time and appreciation for being their HPS. It is so much fun and when I get pictures back I will add them to my post. This is a wonderful group of strong individuals and I can not wait for Beltaine. We will have both a formal ritual as well as I will be giving my goddaughter Irelynd her Wiccaning. :)

~Blessed Be )O(

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

3...2...1...0...

3/2/10 My goddaughter Cora Grace Huffaker came into the world. She weighed 7 lbs 8 oz and was 21 inches long. After spending 25 hours in a hospital and her Mom being in labor for 29 hours we were all very happy to meet her.


There are definitely moments in life that can not even be put into words. Robin aka my wife (because we are so close), and I have spent the last 4 years of our life inseparable.We knew each other as acquaintances in high school. We got along, but as adults we found solace in being friends with someone so much like ourselves. Seeing Robin as a mom is almost like a window for me to see what I would likely be like as a mother if I so choose. Seeing her with Cora is like watching a fish swim. Robin is a natural born mother and handles Cora with ease and finesse. You would never guess that Cora was her first child with how comfortable she is around her. I look forward to watching Cora grow up and experience life. I am so grateful to be a part of it. I will do whatever I can to be the best godmother I can. 

Welcome Cora Grace!! )O(
                                                                                                                                                                 

Night one of Rocky Horror Picture show was... A SUCCESS!!

Rocky Horror Picture Show

I spent the entire day thinking... I CAN"T DO THIS!!!

When you are committed to doing something, in my mind backing out and letting everyone else down isn't really an option. Luckily, however, most of the other cast members I later learned had also never been in a production. Learning that little tid bit, helped a lot!

I put on my corset, fishnets, thigh highs and bloomers and set out to try and just NOT freeze. My friend and I went out for a courage drink, okay maybe more then one and went to the show. At this point I had spent two weeks at home listening to the soundtrack and studying the movie. I tried to be as prepared as I could.

The friday @ 7 o'clock show I was Rocky. I got chased around the room and did my best to flex when needed. :) I have to admit as long as you don't really think about the fact that 100 people are watching you. It's a blast. Coach Natas came in and was Rocky for the 10 o' clock show and so I played Riff Raff. I didn't feel like I did very well as I hadn't really studied his part in the movies. Although I knew the Time Warp by then like the back of my hand!!

After the 10 o' clock show, I saw the two people who were in charge of the show talking. I was supposed to play Janet for the two shows on Saturday. Oh geez, I thought... they kept looking my way. I thought they were obviously trying to think of a nice way to ask me to not play Janet, as it was a big role and I likely didn't do that well. That was fine I though. I would be very grateful to participate at all and wouldn't be hard on myself since I was just proud of myself for conquering a fear of being in front of an audience like that.  Derek walked up to me and said, " I don't know quite how to ask you this but, you were so much fun to watch out there and you do such a great job we would like it if instead of Janet tomorrow night you played Dr. Frankenfurter?"

To say you could have knocked me over with a feather wouldn't even do that moment justice. I had not only conquered a fear and tried something I never thought I would have the guts to do, but I did it well. I stared at him in shock, " do you think I could do that?"

"Do you?" he replied. I paused for a second and then said Yes, I will. I was worried that if I thought about it too long I would chicken out and miss out on yet another AMAZING oppurtunity.

Playing Dr. Frankenfurter was incredible and awesome. I had fun and was remarkably comfortable considering the outfit I was wearing, but alas. I did it! The  confidence boost I have received from this is amazing. I did something I never thought I could do. I allowed myself to be on  stage in front of 300 people Saturday night wearing an outfit that would make most anyone blush. I played the lead character and had eyes on me. I did not falter and I did not fail. Instead I had fun and enjoyed myself. I didn't feel self conscience or worry in the slightest. That was a big step for me. Both in my comfort level in my body image and in being less fearful of trying new things. I never knew how much I would love Rocky Horror Picture Show.

FYI... I have been asked to come back when they do it again for Halloween. I said... you bet!!